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Austin community unites, draws attention to death of Iranian Mahsa Amini - The Daily Texan

“Zan, Zandji, Azadi!” The demonstrators chanted in Farsi. “Women, Life, Freedom!” They continued to alternate between English and their mother tongue.

On Monday, protesters poured into the streets around the Texas Capitol in solidarity with Mahsa Amini. Demonstrators raised an Iranian flag decorated with a bright yellow sun, and Assad represented one of the opponents of the current political system, repeating Amini’s name.

Mahsa Amini, a young woman from Saqqez – a Kurdish city inside Iran – was detained by the police by Jesht Ershad, or religious. morality policefor breaching the hijab rules in Tehran on September 13, according to various Sources. After being arrested and beaten, Amini fell into a coma for three days and subsequently died at the age of 22.

“It’s not about fighting religion,” said one protester, who asked not to be identified in order to protect himself from the Iranian state. It is a fight against the government.

The current Iranian regime to reject He beat Amini and claimed that she had passed away due to poor health.

“They killed my son in cold blood, and we are defending the blood of (Amini) throughout Iran and around the world,” said protester Sanaz Zarifian. “We stand for every drop of their blood.”

At the demonstration, a woman was holding a stick tied with tufts of hair, a symbol of Amin’s hair that the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice used to justify her arrest by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

Amini’s death sparked a number of protests across Iran and around the world.

Ongoing protests in Iran have the government reacting Tear gas and ammunitionWhich contributes to a high death toll of more than 80 people. On September 21, Iran Internet disconnected Arrival of citizens amid protests.

Zarifian and other protesters said they are frustrated at not being able to contact their family members in Iran during such a tense political climate.

An employee of the Persian UT Systems, who wished to remain anonymous, said that this was the first time in many years that everyone from the Iranian opposition had joined forces against the current regime.

The opposition group against the Iranian regime is not really united. … they had their own agendas. But this reason is very broad and everyone can agree that it is a basic human right,” said the employee. We don’t want an Islamic republic. We only want Iran — without any other words.”

Farshid al-Hariri, a Persian-American ex-military, said he joined the US military to fight the Iranian government. Hariri said he and his wife chose to protest to draw attention to women’s rights in Iran, along with their disagreement with the current system as a whole.

“It would be a bit extreme for me to say this, but nothing comes for free,” Hariri said. “We have to fight for it. If it means killing and killing, that’s fine.”

Currently, the UT . Center for Counseling and Mental Health is operating discussions To support Iranian students through tea and yoga sessions with Jetty Shirazi Mahajan, Clinical Social Worker and Integrated Health Therapist.

Mahajan said this is the first time many Persian students have spoken about this issue, and support is essential.

“Based on what the Persian students share with me, one of the things that is really important to them is just checking in with them,” Mahajan said. “Right now, just acknowledging that they may not know exactly what their needs are but having that care and compassion for them is something that really goes a long way.”